\ˈī(-ə)l \

Definition of aisle 

1a(1) : a passage (as in a theater or railroad passenger car) separating sections of seats

(2) : such a passage regarded as separating opposing parties in a legislature supported by members on both sides of the aisle

b : a passage (as in a store or warehouse) for inside traffic

2 : the side of a church nave separated by piers from the nave proper

walk down the aisle or less commonly go down the aisle

: to get married Prenuptial agreements have long been used by couples who want to set down the terms of any future divorce before they walk down the aisle.— Desa Philadelpha

Examples of aisle in a Sentence

The bride walked down the aisle to the altar. By the end of the concert, the people in the theater were dancing in the aisles.

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Access to the third row via the door or the second-row center aisle is fairly easy by three-row SUV standards. Al Haas,, "Redesigned after 10 years, new Buick Enclave is worth the wait," 28 June 2018 Over the course of the season, Luke and Bushmaster slug it out, with victories on both sides of the aisle. Josh Wigler, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Luke Cage's' Breakout Star on Bringing Season 2's Villain to Life," 27 June 2018 Kiwano and cherimoya and rambutan, oh my! The produce aisle has never been so overrun with funky, exotic and otherwise unusual fruit. Paul Stephen, San Antonio Express-News, "Your guide to your store’s funky fruits: What’s good, how to eat them," 13 June 2018 Or go to Party City, where the Pride aisle is now bigger than the First Communion and Baptism section. Petula Dvorak, Washington Post, "At Target and Walmart, Pride is profitable. The Supreme Court ought to drop by.," 7 June 2018 Lawmakers from both sides of the aisle repeatedly brought up the unfilled vacancies at the ports as a security concern. Rafael Carranza, azcentral, "National Guard sent to Arizona border ports to help strained customs officers," 31 May 2018 Jewelry designer Claudia Bradby, who attended the wedding with her husband, ITN anchor Tom Bradby, told ITV that seeing the children walk down the aisle was a highlight of the already-exciting day. Stephanie Petit,, "Princess Charlotte Channels Uncle Harry by Cheekily Sticking Out Tongue at Royal Wedding," 20 May 2018 Seeing her daughter all alone and then being walked down the aisle by Prince Charles must have been such an emotional moment. Kate Samuelson/windsor, Time, "'Today Showed The World Anyone Can Be A Princess.' Windsor Crowds React to Royal Wedding," 19 May 2018 Just hours before her tea, Kensington Palace announced that since her father is recovering from heart surgery, the last-minute replacement to walk her down the aisle would be her future father-in-law, Prince Charles., "Meghan Markle Says She Feels "Wonderful" Despite This Wedding Week From Hell," 18 May 2018

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First Known Use of aisle

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for aisle

Middle English ile, alteration of ele, from Anglo-French, literally, wing, from Latin ala; akin to Old English eaxl shoulder, Latin axis axletree — more at axis

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\ˈīl \

Kids Definition of aisle

1 : a passage between sections of seats (as in a church or theater)

2 : a passage between shelves (as in a supermarket)

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a state of commotion or excitement

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